We hear that Stephen Hawking’s final book, “Brief Answers to The Big Questions” has been published. Mr. Hawking states, “There’s no God.” I was saddened but not surprised to hear that.
The review quoted Hawking, “ … it’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God.” There was no further explanation. We should hear what Christian apologist C.S. Lewis said of his own conversion. Lewis was a devoted atheist until the age of 30. “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.” (Lewis, C. S., “Mere Christianity”, MacMillan Company, 1952 p. 45)
We read in Romans 1:20-21 (all Bible quotes are English Standard Version), “For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For though they knew God, they did not honor Him or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Mathew 7:7 tells us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
These passages cause us to believe that even in cultures where the Bible is unknown, someone who seeks the truth will find it.
Did Stephen Hawking hear of the forgiveness of Jesus Christ? It’s hard to believe he did not. Did he reach out to the Lord in his last moments? We hope he did, but only God knows.
John 14:6 reads, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
This may seem “intolerant.” If you have a problem with that, tell the maker of Heaven and earth you disagree with Him.
Look at a sunset. Look at any leaf. Look at the complexity of any cell. Look at the wonderful human body. Then tell us there is no design by a creator.
I for one would not bet my eternity on the nonexistence of God. I also do not have enough faith to believe unplanned forces produced the wonders we see.
Russell A. Scott